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NASA recently verified eight new planets that were found by the 600 million dollar Kepler Space Telescope. This verification takes Kepler's tally to 1000 habitable worlds found by the telescope, which is a big feat as the telescope's main purpose was to...
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Submission + - Online puzzle has world's codebreakers baffled (irishexaminer.com)

cold fjord writes: The Irish Examiner reports, "In Jan 2012, an image appeared on ... 4chan that set the world’s best codebreakers ... to solve a highly complex and sophisticated puzzle. It was posted by a shadowy organisation ... Cicada 3301. The image of plain white text on a black background looked deceptively simple. It read: “Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. ... The hidden message in this case turned out to be a JPEG image file. Those puzzle solvers who succeeded in breaking the code to alter the image were initially disappointed, being rewarded with ... a picture of a rubber duck, and a message that read: “Woops, just decoys this way. Looks like you can’t guess how to get the message out.” ... Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst ... ran the duck’s teasing message through ... an encryption program, and discovered another hidden message ... Like peeling an onion, this led to more messages and clues that mutated hourly, ... a new riddle based on Mayan numerals. By this stage, Eriksson was hooked. ... Like Alice Through the Looking Glass ... cryptographers delved deeper ... discovering more clues ... GPS co-ordinates for locations in Warsaw, Paris, Seattle, Seoul, Arizona, California, New Orleans, Miami, Hawaii and Sydney. Amateur sleuths discovered lo-tech posters pasted to lamp posts in each location, all bearing a QR bar code ... When scanned ... the bar codes led to yet another web address. If nothing else it proved that this was the product of a well-funded global organisation of brilliant people on a quest.

Submission + - SPAM: The Police Car Of The Future

johnmarsh7 writes: To the untrained eye, it looks like almost any other New York Police Department cruiser combing the city's streets—but this squad car has just as much brains as it does brawn.

It is the department's prototype "smart car," outfitted with the latest gadgets in public safety. It has two infrared monitors mounted on the trunk that record any numbers it sees—such as license plates and addresses. It has surveillance cameras and air sensors capable of sending real-time information to police headquarters. The NYPD says it is the cruiser of the very near future.

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Submission + - Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant to Harass Hunters (breitbart.com) 1

schwit1 writes: Illinois passed a new state law that set back the efforts of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), making the use of drones to interfere with hunters and fishermen prohibited.

The law was created in response to PETA’s plan to employ drones called “air angels” to monitor outdoors enthusiasts engaged in hunting and fishing nationwide. Of course, the motivation for many outdoorsman is to get away from technology and be in harmony with nature.

Submission + - WikiLeaks Files: British Spook Firm Dealt With Turkmenistan (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: A new release of documents from WikiLeaks reveals the urveillance industry is booming with apparently no limits to what it can do. One file confirms that British spyware firm Gamma International has supplied the Turkmenistan government with software — which has been spotted in action in the country. Turkmenistan has a poor human rights record, although Britain does have a "strategic relationship" with the country.

Submission + - Chaos after Conservative party announce mandatory filtering day before election

Dan B. writes: After Australia's Conservative party (LNP) quietly posted a policy to impose mandatory internet filtering just one day prior to the country's election, local premiere internet forum Whirlpool has gone in to overdrive with the fastest 50 page thread ever. At 8:30pm, both sides of politics were busy running media releases, with the Conservatives hastily back-pedalling on the policy, and the Government attacking it, accusing them of hypocrisy after voting down their own proposed filter 3 year prior, stating there was no proof filtering works.

Submission + - New discovery will allow large-scale quantum cryptography networks

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Toshiba have discovered a method to build quantum cryptography communication networks with a far greater scale than ever before. It will allow quantum cryptography to be used beyond its current niche applications, for example as part of the Smart Community Networks that will manage and control energy generation and consumption in the future.

Major obstacles still have to be overcome in order to make quantum cryptography viable for widespread use, particularly regarding the number of users than can be connected to a single network. Up until now, implementing a quantum cryptography network has required an elaborate photon detector for each additional user.

The Toshiba team has discovered a technique to allow many users to share a single detector and thereby greatly reduce the complexity of the network. The breakthrough means that with current technology, it would be possible for 64 users to connect to a single detector in a Quantum Access Network.

Submission + - NASA's LADEE Rocket Mission To Launch Sept. 6

An anonymous reader writes: NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) will orbit Earth for three weeks before heading to the moon for a 100-day trip where it will measure lunar dust and the moon’s atmosphere. from the article: 'A $6 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument designed to study the behavior of lunar dust will be riding on a NASA mission to the moon now slated for launch on Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission, known as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, will orbit the moon to better understand its tenuous atmosphere and whether dust particles are being lofted high off its surface. The $280 million LADEE mission, designed, developed, integrated and tested at NASA's AMES Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will take about a month to reach the moon and another month to enter the proper elliptical orbit and to commission the instruments. A 100-day science effort will follow.'

Submission + - Welcome to the U.S.: Discriminated, detained, searched, interrogated (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: America may be the land of the free, but upon arrival millions of visitors cross a legal purgatory at the U.S. border. It is an international legal phenomenon that is left much to the discretion of host countries. In some cases, this space between offers travelers far fewer rights than some of the least democratic and free countries on Earth. Limited access to legal counsel, unwarranted searches, and questionable rights to free speech to name a few. One of the more controversial — and yet still legally a contested grey area — are the rights travelers have in regards to electronics and device searches.

Submission + - EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters (telegraph.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph.

The new measures have been announced by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year.

A Government source told the Mail on Sunday Mr McLoughlin had instructed officials to block the move because they ‘violated’ motorists’ freedom. They said: “This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels.

Submission + - 'Bang With Friends' is Back With a Bang

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: The Independent reports that after being unceremoniously booted from the iOS App Store last May for violating the terms and conditions, the Facebook-integrated casual-sex app 'Bang With Friends' has returned to the iPhone as 'Down'. To see if your friends are "down" to (ahem) bang, sign into the app with Facebook, select those friends with whom you would like to get intimate, and Down will notify you if there's a match. Bang With Friends debuted on the Web in January and went mobile on iOS and Android in May, but Apple quickly yanked the iOS version. Apple has long gone after apps that it believes are too sexually provocative, from "Shake That Booty" to "Strip Simon." Although it was originally rejected for being “excessively objectionable or crude”, the app’s creators protested, insisting that they simply enable “consenting adults to safely discover people who are mutually attracted in a fun and honest way.” The newly-named app also offers a softer option for friends who just want to get to know each other better before anything more happens: “If you're more interested or comfortable with saying you're "Up for Hang"ing with your friend instead of saying "I'm Down" (to bang) with your friend, you can say so!”

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."

Submission + - New Windows Phones Freezing and Randomly Rebooting (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Windows Phone 8 hardware are complaining that the phones are rebooting at random, up to several times a day. The complaints relate specifically to the HTC 8X and Nokia's Lumia 920.

Forum users on Microsoft.com and WPCentral have been gathering examples in an attempt to narrow down the problem, but with limited success. Those discussion threads have already hundreds of comments, and are joined by those at Nokia where users report similar problems. Though it's certainly not hitting every Windows Phone 8 device it's annoying those it does hit.

Support staff from the three companies have reportedly been suggesting rebooting and booting the phone without a SIM card for ten minutes.


Submission + - IBM to kill the Lotus brand (time.com)

harrymcc writes: "In the pre-Microsoft Office era, Lotus was the biggest name in productivity software — mostly for the 1-2-3 spreadsheet, but also for a bevy of other applications, including innovative stuff such as Magellan. IBM bought out Lotus in 1995, but has kept the brand alive, mostly on its Notes and Domino workgroup products. But now Big Blue says it'll be removing the Lotus name from the next versions. I wasn't even positive that the Lotus branding was still around — but I'm wistful to see it going away, and wrote about it over at TIME.com."

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